Author Archives: Pesach Benson

Helen Thomas Spurned By WHCA, Loved By PLO

Despite having been spurned by the White House Correspondents Association, Helen Thomas still feels Palestinian love. That’s because the PLO’s Washington delegation honored Thomas with its own journalism award. The 91 year-old journalism veteran was forced out of her position at Hearst Newspapers two years ago for saying Jews should get the hell out of Palestine. What took


Israel Daily News Stream 04/01/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Palestinian politician injured in Land Day demo blames Israel but witnesses say he was attacked by other Palestinians. Blowback from revelations of Israeli access to Azeri airfields. Iran suspends Reuters over faulty ninja assassins headline. Join the Israel Daily News Stream


Israel Daily News Stream 03/28/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Does a false Facebook photo have anything to do with death threats against a British MP who defended Israel? Is the NY Times softening on settlements? While Al Jazeera decided not air footage of the Toulouse massacre, one columnist asks, “What if

Is the NY Times Softening on Settlements?

A NY Times staff-ed’s nuance on Migron suggests — dare I say — that the paper is not automatically ruling out settlements as unacceptable or illegal: The settlers should be relocated to existing settlements or as close to the Green Line as possible — all areas that are assumed to become part of Israel if there

Richard Silverstein’s Fact-Checking Fail

Richard Silverstein’s interest in HonestReporting’s petition for Khulood Badawi’s dismissal shows his inability to get the facts straight. On Planet Silverstein, HonestReporting conspires with the Israeli government, NGOs, and bloggers like Avi Mayer — who blew the whistle on Badawi’s photo being from 2006: Mayer passed the story off to Ron Prosor, Israel’s UN ambassador,


Israel Daily News Stream 03/27/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Palestinians appear restless to confront either their leaders or Israel. Journalist fired for calling Israel’s occupation brutal. And a newspaper correction puts a little-known twist on the Osirak precedent. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Israel and the Palestinians •


Journalist Fired for Calling Israeli Occupation Brutal

People have a right to free expression on Facebook and Twitter. But when posts reflect on a person’s work, it can undermines the public trust and the confidence of employers. That’s a lesson Sunni Khalid learned. Khalid, the managing news editor for WYPR radio in Baltimore, got the boot for a comment he posted on